On May 19, 2020, Popular author Ruskin Bond has authored a book titled ‘Hop On: My Adventures on Boats, Trains and Planes. The e-book format was released on the occasion of his 86th birthday. The illustration has been done by Samrat Halder and published by Speaking Tiger’s children’s imprint Talking Cub.
i.About the book:The book ‘Hop On: My Adventures on Boats, Trains and Planes’, narrates some of Ruskin Bond’s childhood adventures on boats, trains and planes.
ii.About Ruskin Bond: He was born in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh (HP) and grew up in Jamnagar, Dehradun, New Delhi and Shimla. As a young man, he spent four years in the Channel Islands and London.
iii.Ruskin returned to India in 1955 and at present lives in Landour, Mussoorie, Dehradun with his adopted family.
iv.First Novel: Bond’s first novel was ‘The Room on the Roof’, written when he was 17, received the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Since then, Bond has written a number of novels, essays, poems and children’s books.
v.Awards: He received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1993, the Padma Shri in 1999 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014. Bond has also written over 500 short stories and articles that have appeared in magazines and anthologies.
vi.Some of Bond’s other titles published by Talking Cub include ‘When I Was a Boy: Scenes and Stories from My Childhood’, ‘Friends in Wild Places: Birds, Beasts and Other Companions’ and ‘The Book of Crazy Mischief’ (co-edited with Jerry Pinto).